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100% record: The Raiders maintained their home form

100% record: The Raiders maintained their home form

Raiders RL 38
Sheff Hallam Eagles 22

SHEFFIELD HALLAM EAGLES brought a strong side to Stebonheath Park with a full intention of preventing the Raiders of another home win.
The game was played at a frantic pace from start to finish, with both defences on top form and both teams playing with speed, width and a high level of skill.
The Sheffield Eagles managed to open the scoring when they found an edge after Raiders were penalised for an offside managing to score in the corner and converting the try on 9 minutes.
The Raiders retaliated with lovely chip from pivot Shane Lee who gathered his own kick and passed to supporting players Harry Boots and Luke Williams who went smashing through the defence with the mercurial second rower Morgan Jefferies scoring out wide, the conversion was missed.
On the 3rd attacking set power house captain Alan Pope wrestled his way over the line to score on the Sheffield left flank, conversion missed again making the scores Raiders 8 – 6 Sheffield.
However the gain savvy Eagles managed to find an edge and score a well worked try in the corner on 27 minutes, conversion missed. Both teams tried everything to score but their defences were a match and went in on half time with a score Raiders 8-12 Sheffield.
The second half saw Sheffield come out all guns blazing and it wasn’t long before they scored on the 43rd minute mark out wide and looked to be turning tide, however on the fifty three minute mark prop Ben Phillips smashed over the line and with a converted kick made the score more appealing to the Raiders, Luke Williams added the two points.
The Raiders spotted a weakness on the Sheffield left flank and power house centre Luke Williams smashed through 3 defenders to go 60 metres and score a fantastic individual try and converting his own kick out wide, the scores were now 20-16 in the favour of the Raiders.
Raiders now had their tails up playing with great confidence, experienced pivot Dan Maiden found a gap he had been looking for going 40 meters to score under the posts, Luke Williams adding the two points once again. After the try was scored an altercation occurred fists were thrown and resulted in a yellow card for Sheffield.
This invigorated Sheffield and with a penalty kicked in to touch Andrew
Rees leapt in the air and kept the ball in play, however the ref deemed the ball to have gone in to touch and from this Sheffield scored in the corner and also converted, this made the score Raiders 26-22 Sheffield.
After the kick off the Raiders had their pivot Shane Lee sent from the field for dissent and a minute later a Sheffield player had a red for his 3rd warning, also for dissent. Raiders made Sheffield pay for their sins by working the overlap and sending speedster Andrew Rees in at that the corner with Luke Williams sending the conversion over from out wide.
The final nail in the coffin for Sheffield came in the form of the Raiders hammer Harry Boots collecting an awkward ball and smashing through three defenders and popping the ball off to Andrew Rees who went the length of the field for the final try with Luke Williams converting again.
Raiders coach Jon Ellis was delighted with the win saying: “If people want to come and watch a great game they should get themselves down to Stebonheath and watch the skill, power, pace and passion that these Raiders boys play with, Sheffield came here from the North of England and gave their all but we showed players from west Wales can play rugby league, what a fantastic game that was.”

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TOSTRE ROAD is currently closed off due to a road accident, please avoid the area.

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Llanelli has now become a “thriving market for drugs” court hears

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LLANELLI has now become a “thriving market for drugs” due to a surge in “county lines” gangs, Swansea Crown Court heard last week.
Locals are being targeted by gangs from Birmingham and Liverpool selling Class A drugs such as crack and heroin.

Organised crime groups have been sending dealers – often youngsters with no criminal records to avoid suspicion to Carmarthenshire to set up shop.

The details emerged at the sentencing of a teenager last week who was sent to Llanelli to sell crack cocaine by a criminal gang.
Cameron Davy, 18, of Duncumb Road, Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham was found in a block of flats at Clos Dewi Medi in Morfa, Llanelli with 29 wraps of the class A drug and £1,132 in cash on 10 January.

Swansea Crown Court heard that police knew the teenager was from the Midlands and believed he may have been linked to a ‘county lines’ operation.

Jim Davis, prosecuting, told the court that when police were able to analyse the defendant’s phone they found numerous texts relating to drug deals over the preceding weeks and messages that showed he had regular contact with a criminal drugs gang known to police as “The Marco Line.”

Davy pleaded guilty to possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply and to possessing criminal property. The court heard he had no previous convictions.

Kate Williams, for Davy, said her client’s dealing had lasted a “couple of weeks” and he had been due to be paid £300 for his trip to Llanelli.

She said the defendant was very much at the bottom of the chain of command of the gang and had declined to name those who had sent him to west Wales. The barrister said when Davy’s mother had received the phone call to say her son was in custody she had no idea where Llanelli was, let alone why he was there.
Williams added that gangs tended to use people with no previous convictions to do their work because they were less likely to come to the attention of police.

Recorder Simon Mills told Davy custody was inevitable for those who dealt in Class A drugs.
Giving the defendant a one-third discount for his guilty pleas he sentenced the teenager to two years four months for the drugs charge, and to eight months for the money laundering charge – the sentences will run concurrently making an overall sentence of two years and four months in youth detention.

Davy will serve half that sentence in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community.

The judge said the defendant would still be 19 when he was released from the custodial element of the sentence and he then faced a stark choice.
He told the defendant he would still be “a young man with your whole life ahead of you” and could either stay involved in drugs – becoming “a broken addict looking old beyond your years” or a “hardened thug in a gang facing prison sentences in double figures” – or he could turn his back on that lifestyle and lead a “decent life”.

As he sent him down, Recorder Mills added: “I urge him to think about that moment his mother got the phone call from him.”

Speaking after the sentencing Dyfed-Powys Police detective inspector Andrew Griffiths told The Llanelli Herald that tackling the trade in drugs was a priority for the force.
He said: “Illegal drugs cause misery and they need to be taken off the streets.
“Tackling the issue is a top priority, and I encourage anyone with any information or concerns about drug misuse to contact us. As the sentencing of Cameron Davy shows, we will take action.”

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Community order for woman who stopped train from proceeding

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150-YEAR-OLD law was used to prosecute a Llanelli woman who stood in a train doorway preventing it from leaving the station.

Josie Bridget O’Brien, 34, of High Street was in a train which had arrived at Llanelli railway station on May 21 but following an argument would not leave the train “by placing one foot on the platform and the other on the locomotive”, Llanelli Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday (Oct 18).

The Crown Prosecution Service used section 36 of the Malicious Damages Act 1861 to successfully prosecute O’Brien.

The offence was laid as follows: At Llanelli, by a wilful omission or neglect, namely failing to alight the train by placing feet on the platform blocking doors from closing, obstructed an engine or carriage using the railway.

O’Brien also pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour contrary to the Public Order Act 1986.

Taking into account her early guilty pleas the bench at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court decided to make a community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement. O’Brien was also fined £120 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £85.

No action was taken over a charge of commission of a further offence whilst subject to a conditional discharge order imposed at Carmarthenshire Magistrates’ Court on February 1.

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